Three students arrested at Jonesboro school

JONESBORO, AR  (KAIT) – Three young people were arrested for an altercation that took place at MacArthur Junior High School, according to a Jonesboro Police Department incident report. Two were arrested for terroristic threatening. The third person was arrested for aggravated assault.

According to the report, officers responded to the school Tuesday morning after the assistant principal reported an incident on campus involving a knife. Officers then met with the principal and a 14-year-old male student.

The student then said he approached a 13-year-old male student outside the gym. According to the report, one of the students then pulled a three-inch steak knife from his backpack, twirled it in his hand and put the knife back inside his backpack.

The investigative narrative suggested the student brought the knife to school because he was threatened on Facebook. The student then showed the online threats to Officer Brian Sawyer.

Sawyer took a picture of the messages and forwarded them to a juvenile officer.

While looking at the messages, officers discovered another threat against the same boy by another 13-year-old male student. Both students admitted to sending the threats. According to the report, both students were able to show they had been threatened in January.

Region 8 News does not report the name of juveniles unless they are being criminally charged as adults.

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